Sunday 15 September 2019

'My jaw nearly hit the floor' - family collect €6.4m Lotto win but say they'll still be in work on Monday

Stock image. Not the actual winner.
Stock image. Not the actual winner.
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

A LUCKY family who scooped €6.4 million in the Lotto have vowed not to let the life-changing win go to their heads, saying they plan to continue with their day jobs.

The family, who chose to remain anonymous, collected their winnings today at the National Lottery's Dublin headquarters and said that while the money will make their lives much easier they have no plans to give up work just yet.

The winning husband, who claimed the massive prize as part of a small family syndicate, said he is still coming to terms with their good fortune.

“Even after two weeks, we still can’t believe it. You always buy a ticket knowing that you’ve a chance of winning the jackpot but when it actually happens – it’s just unreal!

“I checked my phone after the draw and I clicked into the ticket and my jaw nearly hit the floor when I saw the €6.4 million prize.

“It took me nearly twenty minutes to finally open my mouth to tell my wife.”

While many dream of how they would splash the cash if they won the Lotto, the family said they have been "very sensible" since they hit the jackpot on April 10.

He explained: “We’ve been very sensible so far. We’ve purposely taken a little bit of time out to get our heads around this win.

“This money will make our lives much easier and more comfortable but we’ve decided to continue on as normal and we’ll be getting back to the day jobs on Monday.

“It’ll be a while before we make any serious spending plans but we’re looking forward to paying off our mortgage and a few other bills,” he added.

Tomorrow's draw is worth an estimated €3.5 million and the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize pool is set to be worth more than €500,000.

National Lottery Chief Executive, Dermot Griffin said: “We absolutely love meeting our big Lotto winners and seeing their reaction as they receive truly life changing sums of money. 

 “It’s been a great start to the year for our winners with six brand new millionaires made through our Lotto and Lotto Plus games. Since we made enhancements to the Lotto game last September, we have had a total of 15 new millionaires and over 6 million winners have shared over €90 million in prizes.

 “With this weekend’s Lotto jackpot rolling to €3.5 million and the rolling Lotto Match 5 + Bonus set to exceed €500,000, we hope to be meeting more very happy big Lotto winners very soon.” he added.

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